Originally Written for Destination Luxury, June 2017
If asked to picture a Mexican paradise, you may very well imagine azure coloured bays meeting towering mountains, dotted with charming colonial towns and framed by perfect weather. And you wouldn’t be wrong. Nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast, on the 26 miles of sandy beach that makes up Banderas Bay, lies Puerto Vallarta. World class beaches, luscious jungle and glistening waterfalls typify this Mexican ideal, and have cemented the town’s status as an exclusive getaway for those seeking to combine luxury and romance. And whilst there is no shortage of accommodation options in Vallarta, those seeking the perfect blend of opulence and romance generally find themselves in one place: The Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel.
Sandwiched between the rugged backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains and the crystal-clear waters of Banderas bay, Villa Premiere is an adults-only oasis which offers comfort with an understated sense of luxury. A perfect spot for honeymooners or simply those looking to spend some time away with a loved one, this beach-front property offers the perfect location. Whilst just a 5-minute stroll away from Vallarta’s renowned beachside boardwalk “El Maleon”, all the other delights of this charming town are also easily walkable.
Each of the 80 rooms and suites on offer at Villa Premiere boasts an impressive sea view and private balcony overlooking the bay. Light colours, tropical woods and local touches such as hand-blown glass bowls evoke an atmosphere of contemporary luxury, where every detail has been lovingly crafted to ensure an experience like no other. Pillow menus guarantee a great night’s sleep, whilst the unique ‘Scent Menu’ creates limitless possibilities for in-room aromatherapy. LED TV’S, DVD Players and free wireless internet are provided as standard in all rooms, and a personal Butler service is available to cater for any other needs or desires.
Double rooms are offered with either Twin or King size beds, both with and without a personal in-room jacuzzi. For those looking for a little more space to relax, the Premier Suites offer an in-room jacuzzi as standard, along with walk in shower and an extra seating area in which to unwind in the privacy of your own room. Honeymooners are also exceptionally well catered for, with an exclusive Honeymoon Suite available to newlywed couples. With it’s spacious, wooden roofed terrace, open air hot tub and hammocks, this is a truly sublime place to spend an evening with your loved one watching the sunset and sipping a cold drink. For an extra touch of romance, Villa Premiere can arrange for a special meal to be served for you and your partner on your private terrace, with a dedicated butler on hand.
The jewel in the crown, however, are the 7 luxury Spa Suites which, at just under 1000 square feet each, offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury. All the features of the Honeymoon Suite are present, but with an extra living-come-dining room, and a unique spa-style atmosphere. Guests of the Spa Suites also receive a complimentary 25-minute massage each during their stay, as well as an in-room juice and fruit mini bar.
To complement the exceptional accommodation options at Villa Premiere, the hotel features no less than three in-house restaurants and two bars. La Cieba offers authentic Mexican flavours in an alfresco setting, and is a great spot to enjoy a local experience overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The sophisticated and elegant menu at La Corona has been personally designed by Executive Chef Tony Martinez to satisfy even the most demanding diners. Chef Martinez and his team work tirelessly to deliver exceptional cuisine to match Villa Premiere’s sublime service and hospitality, and has established La Corona as a ‘date night’ favourite for many couples on their romantic getaway.
It’s just this well-rounded approach that shines through in Chef Martinez’s other venue at Villa Premiere: Murales. With its feel-good Mexican flavours and romantic atmosphere, this restaurant is consistently a hit with couples looking for a more relaxed atmosphere in which to while away the evening. Upon our visit, the succulent Chicken Enchiladas were a particular triumph, whilst the Filet Mignon was grilled to perfection. Being of an indecisive nature, we opted for the Trio of Deserts including Chocolate Mole, Corncake with homemade corn ice-cream, and a Raspberry Mousse – simply divine.
Sun-downer drinks are arguably an important part of any visit to Mexico’s pacific coast, and Villa Premiere delivers a perfect setting in which to sip a refreshing Mexican lager, hand-crafted cocktail or glass of wine from the diverse and well-structured menu. The first port of call for many is the strategically located Pool Bar which offers a range of premium drinks with views stretching out from the phenomenal infinity pool, right across the bay. In the evening, many couples choose to retire to La Corona lounge bar which, with its relaxed and casual atmosphere, is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.
For those seeking an extra level of pampering during their getaway, the on-site Mind & Soul spa promotes a lifestyle of health and balance. Based on Holistic principals, the team of professional therapists deliver exclusive body treatments including massage, hydrotherapy and facials. The daily program starts with a relaxing yoga and meditation session on the beach, followed by a cleansing visit to the steam rooms and sauna. A visit to the Oxygen Bar or beauty salon are also options available, and for your convenience, all treatments can be booked in advanced for the ultimate stress-free vacation.
And it’s this exact approach that elevates Villa Premiere from being a simple, albeit stunning hotel, but rather an all-encompassing luxury romantic getaway. From initial enquiry onwards, all of your needs are flawlessly anticipated and catered for – often including those you didn’t realise you needed. For a truly exquisite Mexican experience away from all the distractions of daily life, look no further than the Villa Premiere.